I just got a new 60 gallon CH oiler compressor. In the past I left the air
pressure in my old pancake compressor each night I do drain the water out each
week but planned on just leaving it pressured at the end of the day. I do have a
cut off value on the output which for now I have been remembering to turn off.
Any problem with leaving it pressured between water drains.I don't have a filter
on the output yet but plan on that also. I have also ordered a auto drain for
it from HF
Hope you have better luck with your CH than I did. The unloader valve went
bad at 13 months (with very little use - and it is located in an A/C'd part
of my shop). Then the motor went out at 15 months. Thought about getting a
new IR compressor but went with for a new GE motor at Graingers instead (but
like the original Emerson motor, the GE is also made in Mexico). Inspite of
the fact that the 60 gallon tank is plastered with a big sign that says 3-yr
warranty, CH technicians pointed out that the sign also says (in very small
letters) "limited" warranty. When asked what the 3-yr warranty covers, they
replied it covered only the compressor and (I think) the tank. Electrical
parts are 12 month warranty.
BTW, don't worry about relieving the compressed air every night. That is
not a problem, and, as another poster noted, you paid to compress the air
you would be setting free, so use it. But IMMEDIATELY get a filter, oil,
and water remover on the exit to the tank. You don't want contaminents
getting in your downstream piping/hoses.
Good luck. I have purchased my last CH product.
I am curious about the auto drain you mentioned. I looked at the HF web
I do not understand when the discharge occurs. Is it every time the tank
reaches a particular pressure setting?
I also don't understand what "Operates from any interrupted air signal"
means. Can you explain what an interrupted air signal is for me"?
> I just got a new 60 gallon CH oiler compressor. In the past I left
> pressure in my old pancake compressor each night I do drain the
water out each
> week but planned on just leaving it pressured at the end of the day.
SFWIW, have an 80 gal, vertical tank.
Last thing Sunday, shut off power, open 1/2" ball valve on bottom of
tank which blows out the water and depressurizes the tank.
Close the valve before you restart the compressor<G>.
I've got similar. I rarely use compressor, for one thing it's a real pita,
or actually - pain in the knees - to get under the tank to open the valve.
I've got a set of projects coming up, where I *have* to use the compressor.
First thing I'm going to do is to relocate the valve to a more accessable
position. There are automatic drain valves that kick in for 5-10 seconds
per hour, but you really need a drain, and they're intended for commercial
I moved the drain plug to the end of a 3' length of air hose on my small
vertical, where it is much more accessible.
The air hose holds quite a bit of water that would otherwise be in the tank,
and, unlike the tank, is rustproof ... and gravity does the work.
It is a simple matter to open the cock slightly every other day or so and
let the water in the hose squirt out, and draining the tank this way doesn't
even cause the compressor to cycle on.
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